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Jan 4, 2012 07:34 AM

Quincy Peeps: Italy's Little Kitchen?

Where exactly is this place? I've done the lazy man's drive by and I can't find it. Google maps says it's where Blue 22 and Gypsy Kitchen is. I can't find it.

Do they do take out? I've heard their chicken paaaaam is fantastic.

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  1. I'm pretty sure it's behind Blue 22?

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      Sent out a blast email to my food friends and just got these responses:

      A couple coworkers go there a lot and like it. It literally faces the Quincy Center train station (like behind guther toodies building) never had it but I do hear good things

      my mom and cousin say it’s good. It is right at the QCenter T station, on the back side of the bldg. where starbucks is. They have really limited hours catering to lunch crowds.

      1. re: typhoonfish

        Thanks! I wish they were open at dinner. It's tough for me to get there during the lunch hour.

        1. re: typhoonfish

          Do you mean it is on the backside of Starbucks? I am taking some classes at Quincy College and would love to grab some good Italian takeout to bring home!

      2. It's here.

        Italy's Little Kitchen
        1239 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169

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        1. It's in a building across the street from the Quincy Center train station. I think it's right next to the bus entrance. It's awesome by Quincy standards which equals OK for most anywhere else.

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          1. re: Guinness02122

            "It's awesome by Quincy standards which equals OK for most anywhere else"

            I took slight offense to this statement until we had it last night and pretty much nails it. Very good for Quincy. I got chicken paaaam. Ended up getting some chicken and some veal. Sauce was delicious. You literally are in someone's kitchen with 2 tables. We got take-out at 4pm and re-heated it at 6pm, which is unfair to judge. I'm sure if I ate it at the time I ordered it I would be raving.

            I'm still a loyal fan of Gennaros.

            1. re: typhoonfish

              I had been a loyal fan of Gennaros. Maybe it was for sentimental reasons. The last few times we were there, spanning a lot of time in case they were just haveing an off night, the food was about a 4 - 6 out of ten.

              Most recent was chicken marsala (I dish I love in it's many forms) swimming in a very thin sauce--not very deeply redolent of Marsala. The hammy-accoutrements did nothing to add to it, where as prosciutto or speck certainly would have.

              I did have it with the homemade gemmelli (sp?), but even that could not save it.

              I really want to love this place again, but between that and the completely Wonder-bread like Italian bread, I am sorry to say it's off our list. Big SIGH.

              1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                We've never been a fan of Gennaro's. Have only gone when invited and never found the food appealing. Sorry!

              2. re: typhoonfish

                We gave up on Gennaros a year ago. They were good, but have steadily gone down hill over the past few years.

              3. re: Guinness02122

                Wow, if I got easily offended, I'd probably be offended (some of my best friends live in Quincy). Having said that, I like Gennaros--not the best place in the Boston area by any means, but a very good spot.

                1. re: hiddenboston

                  Believe me when I say I'm 10000% joking about taking offense from Quincy.

                  Ever see the comment section.. I'm a regular.

                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    They do make a good shrimp scampi pizza though.

                    1. re: Pegmeister

                      If you like that sort of pizza (I do), try the lobster pizza at Scarlet Oak Tavern. Not sure if they only have it on the lunch menu. May be on the bar menu all day. Pretty good!

                      1. re: CocoDan

                        Hi Dan, yes I've tried the lobster pizza at Scarlet Oak. It's a great atmosphere there. My favorite lobster pizza though is at Scampo. For shrimp scampi pizza it's nice to have a few options that are local. Coops does a great shrimp scampi and I probably would give it an edge over Gennaro's version. When in town, Artu has hands down the best shrimp scampi version. I enjoy their really thin crust and loads of garlic.

                2. Not that it matters, but it's owner is the sister of the guy that owns "Mezzo Mare" in Hull. Good food cheap at both places. MM has the best haddock dishes around.

                  1. It literally a hoke in the wall. When walking by, if you blink you will missed it.
                    The food is good & very resonably priced. The owner is a wonderful lady & is like a hidden gem in Quincy. We had a long talk w/her a few yrs ago & everything is homemade. She was thinking of retiring in a few yrs & offfered me a chance to take it over when she did.

                    I'm glad that she is still around. May need to pay her a visit soon.

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